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Hopefully with the expectation that it is coming, you could even build the excitement in the family for when the time finally comes. That would be the ultimateway to do it, make everyone excited for it instead of dreading it.
Reply| Quote & ReplyNov 10, 2015 07:21 AM0 LikeKim Kooser 7 postsRe:Re:Re:Topic 5 DQ 1Wow! How is your daughter now? I am sure that this must have been terrifying for you. I love that you are able to look back on it now and it has bonded you together closer than ever. Through adversity, we find strength, right? The three of you can conquer anything now! I think your experience though does give good insight. Caregiver strain is a very real thing! Even as nurses, we can and do experience it and we only care for these individuals for 12 hours a day. Imagine 24 hours per day without any breaks! It is important to educate our patients families to build a network that allows them breaks and gets them the help they need!Reply| Quote & Reply| Report AbuseNov 10, 2015 09:35 AM0 LikeStacey Whitney 6 postsRe:Re:Topic 5 DQ 1Judith,I find the first paragraph of your response so interesting. This is something that I had suspected, but the cited source information adds credibility, doesn't it? As nurses we should all know the physical side effects of stress, and as you mentioned in your first paragraph, Judith, these same symptoms were present in a study focusing on employed family caregivers. As nurses, we are the caregivers that many of our families turn to in times of need. We are the ones they count on. We will be the ones possibly developing the s/s you mentioned if we do not become aware and implement health promotion/prevention in our own lives. I am the only nurse in my extended family. Sometimes it is stressful when family members confide certain health related information to me, and/or ask for my advice. My mother passed awayfrom stage 4 colon cancer several years ago, and I temporarily took a leave of absence from my job and moved in with her so that her final days could be spent at home rather than a care facility. I recognized after her passing that the stress of being her caregiver was tremendous (although I wouldn't change a thing and am very thankful I could help her in her final days). As a nurse, do you find yourself being the one your family members always call upon in times of need? If so, have you noticed stress in these situations? How did you deal with it?Stacey Whitney MSN, RNcell: 417-437-8961email: [email protected]God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in them.1 John 4:16Reply| Quote & Reply| Report Abuse
Nov 10, 2015 09:45 AM0 LikeStacey Whitney 6 postsRe:Re:Re:Topic 5 DQ 1Flossie -That is a very valid point you have made regarding finances. This could be a whole other topic area, I believe! Helping an aging family member with health related needs and tasks is one thing, helping with finances is certainly another. Both can cause stress for the provider. I believe most of us, however financially prepared we